Would you believe me if I told you there are 10 ways that you can change your life for the better starting TODAY?
Self-improvement can positively affect many areas of your life, and it is such a self-fulfilling journey I truly hope everyone embarks on.
You will learn SO MUCH about yourself, and you’ll unlock untapped potential that’s just waiting to break free.
If you’re ready to take your life to the next level, keep reading!
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1. Alter your habits
Changing the way you do things can change your world.
By altering your habits for the better, you’ll be setting yourself up for success on your self-improvement journey.
For example, I had to change my (BAD) procrastination habit. I used to be unintentional with my time and would often end up wasting hours doing unimportant things that did nothing to help my future.
Once I started making (and sticking to) a schedule every day, my bad habit eventually transformed into a good one.
Note any not-so-great habit you’re currently doing, and work to make the habit beneficial to your life.
2. Practice gratitude more
When was the last time you took stock of your life?
Sometimes we overlook the small things we have (like having clean clothes or food in the fridge) because we’re so hyper-focused on the stuff we want to get (like a new car or the latest handbag).
A great way to improve yourself daily is by writing in a gratitude journal.
Each morning, try taking ten minutes to yourself and writing everything you’re thankful for, big and small, and notice the change that you’ll soon feel.
I’ve listed some great gratitude journals below that you can use to get started on your self-improvement journey:
3. Learn emotional intelligence
Many people don’t take the time to improve their emotional intelligence.
Learning how you (and the people around you) process emotions will help in many aspects of your life.
I challenge you to REALLY think about the emotions that you feel on a daily basis, and ask yourself these questions:
- How do you respond to certain situations?
- What has happened in your life to make you process emotions the way you do?
- Do you process emotions healthily or could it use some work?
- Can you detect when other people aren’t feeling their best?
- How do you communicate with someone who expresses emotions differently than you?
Being in touch with yourself emotionally is crucial if you’re looking to improve your life.
4. Unplug from the digital world
This will probably be one of the hardest tips to incorporate.
Being a millennial with a lot of millennial readers, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to take a break from our phones (or anything in the digital world, really).
We’ve become accustomed to having everything we need at our fingertips.
Hungry? DoorDash is only a few taps away.
Want to watch a movie? Pull up the Netflix app.
However, it’s so important to detach from your phone, social media, etc. on a more regular basis and be more present with yourself.
Take the time away from your phone and do something that lights your soul on fire; something that you normally would not have the time to do because you’re scrolling through your phone, like reading or taking up a new hobby.
Remember that you can never get back time spent, so be intentional with how you spend yours.
5. Identify your weaknesses and strengthen them
Is there something in your life that you can improve?
Maybe you want to improve your communications skills? Or possibly you want to improve a job-related skill, like coding, to better your chances at finding a new job.
Identifying your weaknesses and working a little each day to make them better is a huge key to changing your life for the better.
6. Recognize your strengths and build upon them
Do you have something that you’re good at? Like sewing or creative writing, for example.
Have you ever thought about different ways that you can build upon those skills?
Let’s say you’re great at creative writing. You can write interesting short stories that leave people on the edge of their seats.
Some ways that you can build upon your creative writing skills are by:
- Learning how to write for scholarly journals
- Learning copywriting for marketing campaigns
- Taking writing classes to add new tips to your toolbox
What strengths do you have and what are some small ways that you can make them better?
7. Say positive affirmations each day
I am a staunch believer in the power of positive affirmations and using them to fill my life with abundance and prosperity.
Take notice of the “little” things you say each day and determine if they have been beneficial to you.
Do you engage in negative self-talk? Do you have limiting beliefs you’re holding onto?
If so, try replacing your typical phrases with some of the following:
- I have so much to be thankful for.
- Today will be a great day.
- Good things are on the way to me.
If you haven’t read my blog post on powerful affirmations you should start saying each day, what are you waiting for!?
Also, download your Weekly Affirmations Worksheet and start using it today!
8. Read more often
Do you want to take your self-improvement journey to the next level? Make more time to read more books!
Reading is a great exercise for your brain, and it can expand your knowledge on so many topics.
Do you want to learn more about managing your finances?
Head to your local library (yes, people still use those) and check out some books on that topic.
Are nonfiction books more your thing? Peruse websites like Amazon or Barnes and Noble to find the perfect book to get lost in.
What’s the first book on your list?
9. Nourish yourself (in all ways)
You can’t better your life if you don’t give your mind, body, and soul what they need.
Are you taking care of yourself as best as you can?
What are you eating? What content are you consuming daily? Are you getting enough exercise?
Sometimes we need to take a step back from our lives and evaluate areas where we could do a little better.
For instance, one of my biggest shortcomings was my mindset. I didn’t always see the good in the world and that affected how my day-to-day looked.
Once I changed my mindset and got rid of limiting beliefs, that’s when I flourished.
Try taking a holistic approach to health and note how it positively affects you.
10. Set and maintain goals
One cannot expect to improve any area of their life if one does not create and follow through with personal goals.
Goal-setting is an excellent way to stay motivated on your self-improvement journey because it gives you something to work toward, and you’ll be able to see how far you’ve come.
I recommend writing your goals down and looking over them a few times a week to keep your momentum going. You can do it! : )
A great goal-tracking journal I recommend is this one:
Self-improvement doesn’t have to be this big, scary thing that you have to tackle all at once.
As you can see, you can start small and work your way up to the bigger tasks.
The life-changing effects of self-improvement are so amazing, and I can’t wait for you to see the fruits of your labor unfold right before your eyes.
Peace, love, and good vibrations.